The Bible is Unique

Written by Josh McDowell Ministry

What separates the Bible from all the other books throughout history? Is it just another historical document? Are its writers historically accurate? In this video series, Josh McDowell, Christian author and teacher, explores the uniqueness of Scripture and the unsurpassed accuracy of its writers.

1. Is the Bible Unique?
2.  How Does the Bible Compare with Other Literature?
3.  The Bible in Circulation
4. The Bible in Translation
5. How the Bible Survived Through Persecution
6. How Did Handwritten Manuscripts Survive?
7. External Evidence Test on Scripture
8. How Heretics Responded to Scripture
9. Scripture and Eyewitness Testimony
10. Archeological Evidence for the New Testament
11. First vs. Second Century Writing
12. Luke vs. Scholars on Historic Accounts
13. More Archeological Evidence
14. Archeological Evidence at Delphi
15. Historical Evidence About Jesus Outside of Scripture
16. A Roman Historian on Scripture
17. Can you trust Scripture?

44 Responses to “The Bible is Unique”

  • anthony agee says:

    Believe all the bible ?
    Think a John 8:44 person avoiding John 3:5 ?
    Think a John 8:44 mocking 1 Peter 3:3 ?
    Think a John 8:44 hiding from 1 Cor. 11 ?
    Think John 8:31 people bold with Hebrews 4 ?
    Think John 8:31 people radical with 1 Timothy 2:9-14 ?
    Think Christianity really Romans 7:2-3 ?
    Think Christianity the real deal with 2 Peter 1:20-21 ?
    Think salvation is barely John 3:16 ?
    Think salvation is barely Ephesians 2:8 ?
    Think the phonies avoiding Romans 6:1 ?
    Think the phonies exposing John 15:12 only ?
    Think Matthew 7:6 is really Christianity ?
    Think Amos 3:3 really important to be saved ?
    Think a 90% bible believer not saved according to Matthew 5:17-20 ?

  • Chris says:

    angel ahumada…so sorry you are struggling…its true that as followers of jesus we will be rejected in this world so many times but that is why we have the church of jesus where we can find refuge and help in troubled times. if you dont have a church, let me know. i can help you find one. to be sure you know jesus as your lord and savior, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. praying now jesus strengthens your faith in him, that he gives you true Christian Friends and that you receive the calling to make disciples for christ in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation as phillipians 2 says. blessings today!

  • Angel Ahumada says:

    Hi i just wanted to know if god can help me. Because people don’t like me. They think i am weak because i don’t fight. I need a lot of friends i can trusts. I’m lonely, I got no one that likes me i need love. God i’m begging you please help my life be better. The devil is making me weak in heart. People are making fun of the church and you. Send an angel to save me. I want to live with peace.

  • Elkay says:

    John, thank you for your comment on the Bible. Yes, is more than “just a book” for the Bible is the Word of God that carries both persuasion and conviction in terms of its internal testimony—marks of truth that can be found just by an examination of the Bible itself.

    The human heart has a negative bias against a book telling them they are in desperate need of repentance and of a changed life and of bowing in humility before Christ. So it is the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit that is necessary to cause us to surrender to the evidence and acknowledge that it is the Word of God meaning that God is its ultimate author and source, though indeed He used human authors to communicate that message.

    Amazingly, you can find hints in every Old Testament book that point to Jesus Christ as mankind’s Savior. We can soon then conclude that Jesus Christ did the things that history claims He did, that Jesus is more than an ordinary human being and that His testimony is compelling. After that, it is a blessing to trust Him as Lord and Savior and to be oh so very thankful for the precious gift of Scripture.

    May God bless you today with exactly what you need today!

  • John says:

    The bible isnt just a book but more than that; however it is the sword of our salvation without it we wouldnt be anywhere. As long as we lover our neighbor as you love your self thats it. well its harder than it sounds which means you put their needs as if it was yours. everyone have a blessed day

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Corshun, I think you are absolutely right to look to God for your help. He is a friend that you can trust.

    Let me ask you, how do you expect God to help you? Do you think He will take away all the criticism? I don’t know if that is how He always deals with problems like this. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble,” (John 16:33) He wanted to warn HIs followers that painful things will happen in life, especially for those who choose to follow Him. “But,” He said, “remember that I have overcome the world!” He also went through trouble in His life and was able to perfectly follow God in spite of that trouble. So He is the perfect one to follow because He can help us deal perfectly with the pain and sorrow of life’s troubles.

    Let me join you in asking God for help: Jesus, please help my friend Corshun to know how best to respond to the criticism and hurt from those around him. Help him to know how much You love and and that You are leading him into Your perfect plan for his life. I pray that You would comfort him when the harassment comes. I pray that You would bring people into his life who can help encourage and support him. I pray that Corshun would find how You will strengthen him so that he does not get hurt by the cruel words of others. Amen.

    So Corshun, what do your parents say when you tell them what is happening?

  • dream says:

    Corshun… You are right, devil wants you put down and destroy you. Dont listen to him and people. Nobody’s body is perfect Everybody has some problem. Read the Bible. There is the truth about you God made you he loves you and he looks to your heart and sees that you love him. In his eyes you are special and he died for you. Give Jesus all your heart and ask him to fill you by Holy Spirit. Go to a Bible teaching church and God will help you to grow spiritualy and gives you christian friends. And if you love Jesus you are smarter than teachers. People are changing one day they like you, the other day not. Look at Jesus.Once people were shouting for joy to welcome him in Jerusalem, the other day they were shouting: “crucify him”.Look at God and Jesus they never change.

  • corshun edwards says:

    im tired of everybody disrepecting me like im nobody. People always calling me fat. Teachers think im crazy they just dont know what i go through everyday. One somebody call me fat my ego goes down. I dont tell nobody. But i have to think positive. The devil just keep getting to me. Im tired of this. God i really need your help really!!!!!!!!! I love you so much. Im just 13 years old

  • Sharon says:

    to Corine– prayer– father God I pray for her husband I pray for open eyes of him to see on what he is doing to himself and his wife I pray for a sour taste in his mouth for drugs and anything else that is harming himself with I pray for deliverance for this man and forgiveness and reconciliation for him to his wife again and I pray for strength for her to keep praying for him and for tis marriage to be back together again bring other Christians along her path to encourage her and to see her through this time and God wrap your loving arms around her at this time and continue to provide for her I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you both I feel for you no fun I am sure knowing your husband is gone God I pray for Corine for a miracle for her at this time and I pray for this man life to line up with Gods word and for him to see that and to come to you I pray for his salvation in JESUS name amen love Sharon

  • PLEASE PRAY FOR MY MARRIAGE.MY HUSBAND LEFT HOME. MY HUSBAND NEED TO BE DELIEVE FOR DRUGS ALL OTHER SIN THAT NOT LINE UP WITH GOD WILL. NEED PRAY FOR STRENGHT.

  • holly says:

    what scriptures should i show my friend who say Christians and Catholic are the same?

  • Tom Tom says:

    Della–
    John 20:29–Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

  • Della says:

    where can I find the VERSE for “people to see to believe” and as for Christians to believe to see

    Thank you

  • Tom Tom says:

    Shirley–

    Thanks for your faithfulness and concern in reaching out to your friend.
    It’s not that your friend “can’t” believe, it’s that he “won’t” believe because that aspect of God isn’t what he wants his god to encompass. Basically he’s breaking the second commandment and making a god of his own liking. That being said, here’s a link you might like to check out that not only mentions a few possible responses to your friend’s concern, but also a book that goes into much detail regarding the supposed “mean god” of the Old Testament. You might want to get a copy. The link is: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2011/02/is-god-a-moral-monster.html and here’s a link to purchase the book: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=is+god+a+moral+monster&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1

    Hope this helps!

  • Shirley Schmidt says:

    How do you answer someone who can’t believe in an O.T. God who condones violence?. Our answers already given: 1. only once to preserve a nation 2. only after much warning from sin to punish 3. not all violence was condoned by God 4. for protection for the innocent 5. Jesus changed all this and was a man of peace His response was that Isis is doing the same today. We’ve been praying for his salvation for years and he is only now willing to have a dialogue. Shirley Schmidt

  • Alfred says:

    Hi Cynthia, Jesus is our advocate before the Father. That is, he speaks on our behalf. In John 15:16-17 He says “…whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” And in the next chapter (in John 16:23-27) , Jesus continues: 23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; NKJV. I see no difference, Cynthia, in “praying in the name of Jesus and praying in Jesus’ name?” Isn’t it great that Jesus opened the way for us to talk to the Father! I’ve heard said that Jesus dresses up our prayers, so that when they reach the Father “they are perfect prayers from a perfect person”.

  • Cynthia says:

    Hi. I just want to know what is the diffrent in praying in the name of Jesus and
    praying in Juses name?

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi Kay, so glad that you left a comment. It is great to hear that you are getting to know God well. You asked to know about scripture in the Bible. Do you have a Bible? We have a great deal of resources that will be of great help to you in your walk with the Lord. Here is a link: http://powertochange.com/discover/learning-about-god_llindex/ There are lessons that you can take that will greatly benefit you. When did you invite Jesus Christ, God’s Son into your heart and life?

    At this time I would Like to pray for you: Father God, I lift Kay up to you this day. I ask that Your Spirit would guide her into all truth so she will come to know you more fully. May You bless her with revelation, knowledge, and wisdom as she studies Your Word more fully. Open her heart and mind to receive all that You have for her. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  • kay says:

    i want to know any 3 old scriptures in the bible and the last 2 scriptures in the bible. Am a beginner and now getting to know God very well. Please anyone to help me with the answers?.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Anthony, you can access the Bible online for free at BibleGateway.com

  • Anthony Bouwman says:

    I would like to obtain (free if possible) the complete Old Testament.

    Thank you for your help.

    Topny

  • Alfred says:

    John Taft, you ask about tattoos (June 29); I would encourage you to read Leviticus 19:28 for an answer to that. “. . . , nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord”. NKJV.
    Shirlet, you have two very interesting questions: 1. Before The Flood there was a canopy of moisture that covered the earth, making it one giant “greenhouse”. Quoting from the Creation Ministries International website: “Evidence from the fossil record does suggest that carbon dioxide (also possibly oxygen) levels were higher in the pre-Flood world. Many have suggested that an atmospheric canopy of water vapour sheltered the pre-Flood world from cosmic radiation. “…. We don’t know whether environmental factors perhaps only cause problems in the developmental phase of human life. However, one simple explanation of why Noah still lived for so long is that Noah’s genetic make-up was what gave him the potential to live so long. And that perhaps most, if not all, people before the Flood were programmed for much longer lifespans than we are programmed for today ……
    Of course, the ultimate reason for all aging and death is the Curse on all creation recorded in Genesis chapter 3. Adam was told that if he disobeyed God, ‘dying, you shall die’ [lit. Hebrew]. Adam immediately died spiritually, and began to die physically on the very same day, just as we are all dying today. Modern genetic research shows that we all inherit the inevitability of aging and death. When we look at our encroaching wrinkles in the mirror, it should remind us of the awfulness of sin in the sight of a holy God. And it should cause us immense thankfulness that God has provided a way of escape from His own righteous judgement on sin, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.” End if quote.
    2. Yes, Shirlet, you said it well that we are to give of our time (a helping hand, a listening ear) as well as of our material resources!
    Vickie E. Some say that here on earth we are: Body, Mind and Soul. The Soul of a person is made up of the Spirit, the Intellect and the Will. It is therefore the Soul that is the real person, living on into eternity.

  • vickie E says:

    we are made up of the body soul and spirit as a christian when a believing born again christian dies were does the soul go? The Spirit is eternal and goes to heaven and if not saved it goes to hell but were does the soul go?

  • shirlet says:

    WHEN WE SPEAK OF GIVEING. IS IT ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY. I THINK NOT. WHAT ABOUT YOUR TIME AND EVEN YOUR HELP. PEOPLE DONT ALWAYS NEED MONEY. THEY COULD JUST NEED A HELPING HAND.SOME TIME PEOPLE NEED YOU TO JUST LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. THAT IS MINISTRY BY IT SELF.WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU JUST SLOWED DOWN AND JUST LISTEN TO SOMEONE THAT NEEDED TO GET SOMETHING OFF THERE CHEST. THEN YOU ARE HELPING PEOPLE WITH HEAVY LOADS THEY HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW TO GET THIS OFF. YOU MAY HAVE JUST SAVED SOMEONE LIFE………..

  • shirlet says:

    I HAVE A QUESTION. IN THE BIBLE DAYS. WHY DID THE PEOPLE LIVE SUCH A VERY LONG TIME. AND IN THESE DAYS OUR PEOPLE SOME TIMES CANT GET PASS 20 YRS OF AGE. IS IT BECAUSE OF WHAT WE EAT AND DRINK. DID THEY EAT MORE HERBS BACK THEN.WE NEED XOOMA IN OUR LIFE TODAY.LOOK IT UP.

  • Sharon says:

    to Lisa, this quote about once a man twice a child is from a Jewish rabbi that quoted it and its not in they bible at all. sharon

  • jenny says:

    the tithing is the only thing that God tell us to do and it has a promise. I have a testimony and I believed in it do it you will receive more than you gave just try it.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Jeanette,
    Good question! Although the ‘tithe’ as such is talked about in the Old Testament, there are other scriptures in the New Testament that talk about giving in general. For example, in 2 Corinthians 9:7 it says that ‘God loves a cheerful giver’. In Matthew 6:4 it says that our giving is to be in secret so it’s inferring that we are still to be giving.

    If we recognize that everything we have is from God, then we are just stewards of that and should be more than happy to share it with others. Some people would say that means we should start at giving 10% and then give even more above that as we see the needs. Paul also talks about giving to the saints in need so obviously that is something that we are to be aware of as well.

    Hopefully that helps! It is true that it is more blessed to give than receive! We can never outgive God!

  • Jeanette says:

    Greetings all,
    I’ve been searching in the New Testament about tithing and cannot find anything. Is tithing important for the Christian even though it is only referenced in the Old Testament? I don’t mind giving an offering at church because they have bills to pay and I am getting spiritually fed. Some ministers though make you feel guilty if you’re not tithing. One even said that if we don’t give 10% of our earnings (tithing) then we’re robbing God. I don’t make a lot of money but I certainly don’t want to rob God so please tell me the significance of tithing. Thanks so much and God bless.

  • Shelley says:

    I believe that it is a personal choice for one to wear tattoos. I myself do not wear them, because it is stuck on you for life and it cannot be removed.

  • John Taft says:

    Is allow for any Christian use tattoos after salvation ?

  • Michael Jantzen says:

    Hello Seraphine, Thank you for sharing about your ministry. I’m sorry, but offering financial support to your ministry falls outside the scope of what we’re presently focussing on. But you are in my prayers. Take care and God bless!

  • Seraphine says:

    Dear Brethren,
    Greetings and blessings, I am Seraphine working for Lord Jesus Christ since 2003. God give me the Rehma to start Bible College for young people . In Pakistan our youth is not follow God and obey God. They choose bad ways . This is God voice to start the Bible education for these people.
    I request you kindly start work with my Ministry for Bible College. In the start I want to take 35 students in my Bible College class. I need support to start Bible College and Church Planting work in Pakistan .
    I am also able to do translation and Recording work English into Urdu , Punjabi and Sarikie in very low rates.
    Please send us your Written Materiel for translation and for our People .
    I am waiting for your response.
    May God Bless you.
    Serarphine
    Christ Apostolic Ministries of Pakistan.
    [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]
    Punjab Pakistan.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Meep, in the final book of the Bible-Revelation-the number 666 is prophesied to be the identifying number for the Anti-Christ and those who follow him. There are a number of different ideas of how that number will be revealed but the promise of scripture is that the faithful followers of Jesus will be able to recognize it and will refuse to be marked in that way.

    Does that answer your question?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Jennifer, the Bible consists of documents written by different authors who were inspired by God to write the things they did so that the rest of us would have an opportunity to know the truth of God. Those documents over time have been collected together to make one cohesive canon (which means ‘measuring stick’) so that we have a concrete way of measuring the accuracy of claims about God.

    I don’t know that there is any significance of there being 66 books. That did not come out of the records we have of the council that determined which documents would be included.

    Do you think there is a significance for that particular amount of collected documents?

  • meep says:

    hi i want to ask way do bible have the numder three 6 on the bible?

  • Jennifer Barenie says:

    Why are there 66 books in the bible??

  • Shelley says:

    I believe that, just as we are unique in God’s eyes, that we are unique in the Bible

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Lisa, I am not sure to what you are referring. Could you give me a little more detail of what you would like to know? Once a man twice a child…what?

    Thanks

  • Lisa says:

    Where in the bible does it say once a man twice a child?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Lois, That is part of Jesus talking about the judgment where He says that when we serve the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, we are doing all those things to Him. You can find that in Matthew 25:31-46 (the specific verse you want is verse 40)

  • Lois says:

    Where in the Bible does Jesus say – if you have done this to someone, you have
    done it to Me?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi, you can find a copy of the Bible online at http://www.biblegateway.com There are translations in many different languages there so that you will be able to read it–or listen to it–for yourself.

    Hope that helps

  • bjgfdhijkhk says:

    where is the bible

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